Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability

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Geographers integrate knowledge of culture, society and the economy with understanding of the earth’s physical system and biosphere in order to provide a holistic perspective on human-environment relationships. This integrative perspective is vital to understanding and addressing the world’s complex problems, including renewable energy, environmental change, and indigenous cultures in a globalizing world.

Geography faculty bring a rich history of expertise to the study of cultural, historical, political, economic, environmental, and applied physical geography. This focus on the human-environment interface complements and enhances the mission of the College by bridging the social and atmospheric sciences. Climatology, resource management, and wind energy are just a few of the many career opportunities available with a degree in geography.

Students may pursue either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography.

The Bachelor of Arts can choose the following options:

• Geohumanities
• Physical and Social Sciences

Specific course requirements for each program are found on the program checksheet:

Recent OU Geography Alumni

Helpful Resources

Careers in Geography
American Association of Geographers

For further information about studying Geography, please refer to:
General Catalog (College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences section)

Contact the Chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, Dr. Kirsten de Beurs at or the Undergraduate Adviser, Jamie Steele at